Managing a job search during or after cancer treatment is not only challenging, it can also be incredibly anxiety-provoking — at a time when you least need that added stress. Below is a list of free resources and services to help you think through everything from resume building to interviewing and tracking your contacts.
Depending on what your treatment plan is/was, you may have some gaps in your resume. Check out two sample resumes to see which style works best for you: the entry-level resume or the chronological resume.
Sample Keywords for Your Resume
This list includes possible keywords (based on various functional specialties) to incorporate into your resume. It can help you brainstorm which special skills you have that you want to highlight on your resume.
Interview Cheat Sheet
Fill in this template for each job interview. In addition to helping you prepare, it will provide you with a cheat sheet to refer to during the interview, in case you get nervous or feel stuck.
As you attend events or connect with new contacts, plug their names into this networking spreadsheet. Then use it to keep track of people with whom you need to follow up; that way, their information is easily accessible (and stored in one place). Besides the fact that networking is good for building relationships, the majority of jobs are found from connections like these.
Interviewing Methods & Tips
Interviewing is the most essential part of the job search — it can also be the most stressful. We have compiled a guide of interviewing methods and tips to help you through the process.
These essential interview questions will prepare you for what you might be asked during an interview. Schedule times to hold mock interviews with your friends, family or social worker; doing so will help you become more comfortable with hearing and answering these questions out loud.
Job Search Toolkit
This publication can be ordered or downloaded and features advice on writing resumes, cover letters and LinkedIn profiles; tips for interviewing and networking; guidance on exploring more meaningful and alternative career options; and an array of resources. It also includes the tools listed above.
Programs and Services
Resume Review Service
This service provides job-seeking cancer survivors the opportunity to receive personalized feedback on their resume, from one of our professional career coaches.
Online Career Coaching Center
Your one-stop shop for career advice. Submit your question or situation to our pro bono career coaches and receive valuable guidance. Or read questions that other survivors have asked and see what the coaches had to say. Every post gets a response, and the service is completely free.